From independent traders to well-known national retailers and department stores, the high streets of our West Norfolk towns makes for a pleasurable and fun shopping experience.
Downham Market, the traditional market town and gateway to the Fens, has regular craft and collectables markets, unique independent shops, and is host to many eateries that will satisfy all appetites, making a shopping visit to Downham Market a great day out.
Against the backdrop of stunning coastal scenery and beautiful public gardens, the family-friendly Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton really provides picturesque retail therapy, with independent retailers and markets peppered with more traditional shops selling beach goods, pubs and eateries.
King’s Lynn is a truly historic town and port, with a vibrant town centre and a outstanding heritage. The Vancouver Quarter, especially, features a wide range of local and national retailers but the whole of the town centre itself offers a superb, all-round shopping experience.
Please see our dedicated town pages below for much more information about shopping in our three West Norfolk towns.
Venturing further into the classic English countryside, you can experience a unique shopping experience with a traditional village atmosphere amongst a host of markets, craft fairs, fetes, and village yard sales where you can pick up a bargain, rare collectables, plants and freshly baked food amongst many other items. Please do check out our events listings for any such forthcoming events during your visit to the area.
Services to aid your travel and health & safety requirements
Town centre post offices are located in the following areas of West Norfolk; Downham Market (Wales Court PE38 9JZ), Hunstanton (21 High Street PE36 5AB), and King’s Lynn (WHSmith, 7 Norfolk Street PE30 1AR).
Banks are as commonplace in West Norfolk as in any other rural county in the United Kingdom, with seven branches in King’s Lynn alone and cash machines scattered throughout the county. Some cash machines are run by private businesses (such as pubs and clubs) and often carry a surcharge to use them, though there are many bank-serviced wall machines that are free to use.
If there are any medical requirements that you or your family may have during your stay in West Norfolk, there is an emergency dental service in King’s Lynn, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital based just on the outskirts of King’s Lynn town is a large acute hospital with Accident and Emergency and Critical Care services that serve the surrounding county, plus South Lincolnshire and North East Cambridgeshire. This 488-bed hospital also accepts admissions via air ambulance.
The West Norfolk HQ for the Police is based at King’s Lynn Police Station situated in the town centre, though telephone callers are taken at the central switchboard at Norfolk County Constabulary in Norwich and then redirected to the relevant station, so you need to make clear the area you are calling from.
The telephone number for non-emergencies is 101 (Please note: International callers and those in the UK residing outside of England and Wales, should call 01953 424242) and, for emergencies, always call or text the standard UK emergency services number; 999.
Contact our local Tourist Information Centre for more information about services in the area.